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Posts by Andy Bratton

Posts by Andy Bratton

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A Real Page Turner

It is that time of year once again. Later this month our high school seniors will be walking across the stage and receiving their diplomas and heading off into the world. Some will go to work, some will go to college, some will go to the military, and some will go to trade school. Some, I hope not many or any will choose to do nothing. Next chapters are exciting. Sometimes next chapters are stressful and we get a little anxious about the unknown. However, How COVID has affected us
Wishing' I was Fishin'

Blessing of the Trout Festival

Tonight, as in the past couple of years, I will be offering a prayer of blessing on the Trout Festival. I don’t exactly know what I am supposed to be blessing and maybe I should have asked, but what should I be praying over our community for these few festive days? Or, more broadly, what would or should my prayer and your prayer be for this community God has placed us in? Our prayers ought to always include that those who don’t How COVID has affected us

An Interpretive Kiss

I have been trying to read a chapter a day of a book that isn’t the Bible. I do my regular Bible reading and studying, but I want to make sure I am reading other literature. I finished two books pretty quick and was feeling pretty well until I picked up the next one on my stack. It’s called, “Fool’s Talk,” by Os Guiness. It’s a book about apologetics or defending the faith, but he writes as an intellectual, which How COVID has affected us
Snowy tree at Kalkaska Church of Christ

Who Are You?

Did you ever have an interaction with someone you thought you knew well only to stop and ask yourself, “who are you?”  Maybe your spouse picks a restaurant for you both to go eat at and it is a kind of food you had no idea your spouse liked.  Maybe your spouse volunteers to do something completely apart from who he/she normally is like a long hike or skydiving.  What does it really mean to know someone? During the morning dive, How COVID has affected us

The Gospel in a Word

I recently read about a preacher, who when it was his time to get up and deliver the message, sat in his front-row seat for what seemed like five minutes while the stage was empty. Finally, he left his seat, made his way up to the pulpit, and said, “Love one another.” He then proceeded to go back and sit down in his chair. People were looking at each other and then looking in his direction, wondering if that was it and what How COVID has affected us
Baptism background

A Year in Review

I was on a Zoom call with some Michigan ministers several weeks ago. I was in a bit of a funk thinking about the Christmas season and what exactly we were going to study. I was also, in all likelihood, in deep thought about Covid, the fragility of life, and where I could find a cold Mt. Dew. Anyway, the guy leading the call asked what encouraging things had happened throughout the course of 2021. He gave us a heads up and so I How COVID has affected us

A Reason for the Season

Going into this Christmas season, one of my sermon ideas was to do a series entitled, “A very cliche’ Christmas.”  I thought I would title each sermon one of the cliches we see this time of year.  And I think I was going that way out of jealousy.  I mean, wouldn’t it have been cool to say that you were the one that came up with, “Jesus is the reason for the season?” I will say, though, as much as How COVID has affected us
Man with shovel in deep snow

Say It Ain’t So!

Well, as I sit here in my office on Tuesday afternoon, I am looking out my window and the snow is coming down. And I don’t mean coming down a little bit, but pouring down like God turned on a spigot or snow making machine in Heaven. This is the kind of snow that solidifies for people that, “yes, we should go south for the winter.” The kind of snow that says, “see you later, fall, winter is moving in early.” And, as How COVID has affected us

What Do You Love About Being a Follower of Jesus?

This morning I received a call from a “Connecting Agent” out of Grand Rapids.  Lisa and I are selling our house and planning to move across town. (No, we aren’t leaving KCC. You can’t get rid of me that easily)  Anyway, as I was talking with this guy he was asking me about our house and what was so great about it.  And so I started to tell him.  We have a great neighborhood and a great yard and we How COVID has affected us
Covid Vaccine

A Covid Rant

An exert from Andy Bratton’s Morning Dive on Friday, August 20, 2021 I need to vent. I hope that’s okay. All right. And not everybody’s gonna agree with my vent. But I need to vent and here’s my venting.  Please don’t challenge my faith in Jesus because I got a vaccination or I wear a mask. Don’t do it. There is nothing spiritual about COVID, vaccines and masks, nothing. I looked, I can’t find anything in the Bible about pandemics. I How COVID has affected us